It has been a warm and sunny Summer here on the Island, weeks and weeks of sunshine, to the despair of farmers, the grass has turned yellow. On the Pacific Coast in British Columbia enormous wild forest fires have devastated an area larger than PEI, that is impressive. We did get some rain, two weeks ago a huge downpour which lasted about 30 minutes and then nothing, on Tuesday this week it rained which helped green things up.
I also wonder if we are having as many tourists as last year, some days are awful with wall to wall tourists and other days are quiet, no rhyme or reason. There is a lot more motorcycle gangs roaming around the streets, Biker clubs from Quebec in convoy of 20 or more ridding Harley Davidson’s, the noise is terrible. I do not remember them from last year.
We had a visitor and took her to Victoria by the Sea which is 20 minutes South West of Charlottetown on the way to Borden. A beautiful little village of 3 streets and a sea port with a theatre and wonderful restaurant and chocolate place. Lots of old giant trees and beautiful houses.
Very quiet and pleasant, though they too can be overrun by day trippers.
This tree is said to be the oldest on the Island, it is certainly large enough.
The Landmark Café in Victoria by the Sea, the food is excellent, they have a great chef, his creations are perfect for Summer weather, the decor are paintings by local artists like Wendel Dennis. Yes Victoria by the Sea has lots of Pride Flags everywhere, this little village wants to be inclusive like lots of places on PEI.
Low tide on the Strait. You can walk and look for clams. It is all very quiet.
Orient House, opened in 1900, yes 117 years ago, a local B&B, they have a good reputation and lovely rooms. Views of the Westmoreland river and the Strait.
A small pavilion standing in the garden with the main house behind, it is used either to paint or write or simply relax quietly.
A few days ago, we decided we would take a tour with Sarah who has an old fashion omnibus drawn by a team of Belgian horses, she has 8 horses in total and she rotates them during the week. They have great personality and character, impressive as they are quite big.
Last week as she tried to make a turn West unto Water Street, her horses stopped dead in their tracks, no they wanted to go straight ahead, she could not make them take the turn. So straight up they went on Prince street, it was quite funny to see this battle of the wills.
They only work about 3 hours a day or less depending on the heat. Sarah gives a good tour of old Charlottetown on quiet streets, so her tour preserves a lot of the charm of the old city.
We also took our guest to Point Prim to see the light house and on the way back stopped in Orwell at the homestead of Sir Andrew MacPhail. I blogged about it a few days ago.
We wanted to try their lunch menu, what is on offer changes with the days as it is all made the same day and all the ingredients come from the big garden of the house. It is the sort of luncheon you would have had on the farm some 90 years ago. It was very good and so pleasant to have a quiet lunch on the veranda. There are only 5 tables and you never know if they will be busy or not, best to call ahead to enquire.
I also wanted to see the two stone columns on the Estate that came from the former Engineering Faculty building of McGill University in Montreal. The Faculty building burned down in 1905 and these two columns ended up on Sir Andrew’s Estate in PEI some 900 Km away.
They stand at the former entrance to the Estate. They are quite tall I would guess about 5 meters. Originally when in Montreal, they were flanked by corinthian columns at the portico of the Faculty.
They are sculpted in the grotesque style found in Rome.
Sir Andrew MacPhail’s Home near Orwell, PEI